Catholics, Protestants alike to mark Ash Wednesday

14 February, 2018, 18:40 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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"Ash Wednesday is very particular".

But, it all depends on how people recognize the holy day and how seriously they take what Case dubs a "Hallmark holiday".

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"Every Sunday we will have worship at 10:30 the chapel", she said.

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The holy Ash Wednesday masses will be conducted in various Catholic churches in Mombasa the whole day, with Christians urged to ensure they get the apply of Holy ash on their foreheads so that they officially begin fasting. It is one of the most powerful days in the Church's calendar since it echoes the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the beginning of his ministry. Ash Wednesday wasn't officially accepted into the Catholic Church or its belief system until around 325 AD. It is a time of preparation for the celebration and remembrance of Jesus Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Lent is the 40 days, (excluding Sundays), before Easter. Ash Wednesday is the kick-off, so to speak, for Lenten season, marking the beginning of one's decision of dedication to spiritual discipline.

"It's about reminding ourselves that our earthly lives matter less than our heavenly ones", Rev. Peter Wong, of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, said.

The ashes, a symbol of penance, which are often placed on a worshipper's forehead in the shape of a cross, are a solemn reminder that, "you are dust, and to dust you shall return".

Traditionally, anyone 14 years or older would abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and the six Fridays of Lent. The early service mostly draws those on their way to work, giving them an opportunity "to wear their ashes all day, as proof that they believe, an outward sign that they have faith and want to show that faith to others", Riopelle said. What am I going to gain by doing so?' This year I've made a decision to give up more of my time. The 40 days of Lent isn't just another self-improvement program, it is an intentional spiritual discipline that is meant to draw you closer to God.

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